Salt: A World History

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Penguin Books, 2003 - History - 484 pages
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From the Bestselling Author of Cod and The Basque History of the World

In his fifth work of nonfiction, Mark Kurlansky turns his attention to a common household item with a long and intriguing history: salt. The only rock we eat, salt has shaped civilization from the very beginning, and its story is a glittering, often surprising part of the history of humankind. A substance so valuable it served as currency, salt has influenced the establishment of trade routes and cities, provoked and financed wars, secured empires, and inspired revolutions.  Populated by colorful characters and filled with an unending series of fascinating details, Salt by Mark Kurlansky is a supremely entertaining, multi-layered masterpiece.

Mark Kurlansky is the author of many books including Cod, The Basque History of the World, 1968, and The Big Oyster. His newest book is Birdseye.

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Fantastic Great writing style. - Goodreads
Far too many recipes. - Goodreads
A well researched book. - Goodreads
It was very informative and easy to read. - Goodreads
Not a page turner, but a book to "savor." - Goodreads
So many interesting factoids about salt. - Goodreads

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Lots of interesting facts but very disorganized. It was hard to keep me interested and I ended up skimming over a lot of it. Read full review

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I like the way Mark Kurlansky writes about apparently boring subjects in a way that makes them fascinating. Entertained and educated...that's how it's meant to be. Read full review

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From the Bestselling Author of Cod and The Basque History of the World

In Salt, Mark Kurlansky's fifth work of nonfiction, he turns his attention to a common household item with a long and intriguing history. The only rock we eat, salt has shaped civilization from the very beginning, and its story is a glittering, often surprising part of the history of humankind. A substance so valuable it served as currency, salt has influenced the establishment of trade routes and cities, provoked and financed wars, secured empires, and inspired revolutions.  Populated by colorful characters and filled with an unending series of fascinating details, Salt by Mark Kurlansky is a supremely entertaining, multi-layered masterpiece.

"The fascinating, indispensible history of an indispensible ingredient...a must have for any serious cook or foodie." -Anthony Bourdain

"An immensely entertaining read." -Los Angeles Times

Mark Kurlansky is the author of many books including Cod, The Basque History of the World, 1968, and The Big Oyster. His newest book is Birdseye.

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